It was one year ago this week that Elizabeth Warren released a disastrous video attempting to bolster her claims of being a Native American. It was poorly received and even liberal ABC, CBS and NBC dismissed the efforts. To recap the attempt: Warren produced results of a DNA test she insisted proves her Native American heritage.
On October 16, 2018, Good Morning America and CBS This Morning quoted from a Cherokee Nation statement eviscerating Warren: “Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.” GMA’s Mary Bruce noted, “Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America.”
Megyn Kelly, then a host on the third hour of Today, informed viewers about why Warren’s attempts to claim heritage were so outragous: “When she was at Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania, she represented herself as Native American. She contributed to a Native American cookbook called Pow Wow Chow, calling herself Cherokee.”
All three networks questioned the wisdom of creating a video to relitigate this issue. CBS’s Bianna Golodryga chided, “A lot of people questioning whether this revelation really did win her any points.”
You know a political ploy has failed when even the liberal media won’t try and sell it.
How bad has this whole episode been for Warren? Exactly one year later, the 2020 Democrat has deleted her video touting her Native American heritage. National Review explained:
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) deleted from her Twitter and YouTube accounts a now-infamous video announcing the results of her DNA test on Wednesday, one year after its initial unveiling was met with heavy bipartisan criticism.
A story titled “Happy Anniversary to Elizabeth Warren’s DNA Test!” by Jim Treacher, a columnist at PJ Media, revisited the reveal by Warren on Tuesday, a year to the day after the initial video was posted. Treacher then later went to look for the tweet, but found it deleted.
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